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Wild shrimp from Argentina

Risottogirl's picture

Does anyone have any info about this? We stopped buying any farmed shrimp from Asia a couple of years ago. Since that is much of what is available up here, save the short, sweet Maine shrimp season, we eat a lot less shrimp.


I buy wild caught shrimp from down south when I can get it here but the other day I noticed TJs has frozen wild shrimp from Argentina. I bought a bag and it is quite good, but I want to know more about it.


Anyone? Beuller? 


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evelyn's picture

(post #35571, reply #1 of 15)

I bought some this week, too, for a curry. Interesting to find out any info.

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PeterDurand's picture

(post #35571, reply #2 of 15)

Like you, I stopped buying that Asian stuff that is grown in what amounts to sewer water.

The local stuff is spotty. A while ago I came across some fair sized ones that are supposed to be wild from the Mexican Pacific coast. Perhaps some knows more about those.

Cheers,

Peter

 


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debpasc's picture

(post #35571, reply #3 of 15)

I'm hoping to get some good info out of this thread.  We haven't had shrimp in about a year because all we can find is from Thailand or India. The butcher said they're starting to bring some in from China and it's even worse than the Thai and Indian.  We have Whole Foods and Trader Joes so if your reports are good and come from either of those sources, we might again enjoy shrimp on our menu.

evelyn's picture

(post #35571, reply #4 of 15)

well, our shrimp curry was delicious - the shrimp were large (no. 2), succulent and sweet. I got the good bits (the heads) and let dh chow down on their bodies.

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Risottogirl's picture

(post #35571, reply #5 of 15)

Enough with the talk about the heads...would that I could GET shrimp with heads attached! In France, no problem...or at the docks during Maine shrimp season... Grrr.


 


 


Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

evelyn's picture

(post #35571, reply #6 of 15)

you mean you can only get them cleaned? You can't break off their ugly, little heads and suck back???? (may sound disgusting folks, but there's a lot of delicious juices and a tiny bit of yummy food in each ugly, little noggin)

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Risottogirl's picture

(post #35571, reply #7 of 15)

I'm sure you can get them whole right off the boats down south near where they are caught, but the arrive up here with no heads.


I can get the very tiny maine shrimp whole in season (very short).


I'm sure most 'mericans have never seen a whole shrimp.


Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Adele's picture

(post #35571, reply #11 of 15)

I go to a local fishmarket during shrimp season here and can get them with the heads on.  I don't suck them though, I save them for stock.


One of fun memories I have is shrimping in the middle of the night with flashlights and a net.  The girl I went with could de-head two buckets of shrimp to my one.  She used both hands at the same time.  I got quicker near the end, but never would of reached her speed.


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

MadMom's picture

(post #35571, reply #13 of 15)

One night when we were on our sailboat with the girls, we anchored in a river inlet on the west coast of Florida.  I remember seeing the shrimp run, and we leaned over the side with a light and a net and caught our dinner!  Great good fun, and I don't even eat shrimp.



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debpasc's picture

(post #35571, reply #14 of 15)

All this talk of fresh shrimp from local markets is making me so envious.  Local shrimp in New Mexico -- not gonna happen!

debe5t's picture

(post #35571, reply #12 of 15)

I first tasted Maine shrimp a couple of years bought off of a fish truck in Houlton,Me.Wow,what an eye opener.....so very sweet,delicious and tiny.


I live in southern New Brunswick but have never seen local shrimp here.It is smelt season from the ice shacks now.


Deb

Glenys's picture

(post #35571, reply #8 of 15)

"The local stuff is spotty."

The spot prawns are spotty? Well I never. Lots of side stripes fresh in the market this week. Going to make potted shrimp.

forrestLyman's picture

(post #35571, reply #9 of 15)

I am not sure how they fish in Argentina, but i have witnessed the shrimp boats in Mexico. They have a huge by catch of bait fish, which in turn is changing the patterns of the migratory fish.

Sustainable commercial fishing is a tradition that needs to be preserved, but when corporate marketing, greed, and technology come into the picture entire ecosystems can be irreversibly changed.

Support your local fishermen and eat whats in season.

Glenys's picture

(post #35571, reply #10 of 15)

That's spot on! Perhaps I shouldn't have said that.

This is local and fresh. Checked your profile and it's empty so I'm not sure where you are but the side-stripes in the market yesterday were fresh from just up the coast, I think Campbell River. I'm in Vancouver, BC that is, not Vancouver WA.

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Argentine Red Shrimp (post #35571, reply #15 of 15)

I just stumbled across your post. I am an importer of Argentine Red Shrimp and would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Somone asked how the shrimp was caught. They are caught by midlevel trawlers. The vessels use state of the art gear to tarket the schools of shrimp and minimize bycatch. www.seatechcorp.com/argentineredshrimp www.facebook.com/argentineredshrimp